I used to think that getting paid is what differentiated The Media from blogs, but I'm increasingly not so sure about this. For example, WCHL uses a large number of unpaid interns as news reporters, and now they want some lucky "winner" to provide voice talent to promote their new FM signal.
If you think YOU have the perfect voice for radio, then this is the contest for you!
Click on the "Scripts" tab above, follow the links to download and print the three scripts, record yourself reading all three scripts in the best BIG FM RADIO voice you can, and submit the file (as either an MP3 or a Video File) through the submissions tab.
The winner receives the opportunity to record commercials and radio spots to be aired on 97.9 FM WCHL and a $100 gift card to a local restaurant!
Conversely the Raleigh Public Record is a fantastic blog* covering issues in Wake County, and they make a point of paying their writers. (Not sure if they would consider it a blog or something else, but it feels bloggy to me.) I often say that although I'm not a journalist, I do sometimes commit acts of journalism in the course of blogging.
Is there a difference any more? If so, what is it or does it even matter?